KARACHI - The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has devised a new strategy to inflict loadshedding upon the masses in the name of maintenance work, while on Tuesday the company has shutdown half of the Citys grid stations due to maintenance work. This shutdown usually starts at 10am in the morning and ends at 7pm in the evening. The Nation has learnt that the KESC is practicing this strategy for the last many days to save furnace oil, and when they resume power in those areas they again started rotational loadshedding The grid stations they shutdown on Tuesday were of Korangi Town, Surjani Town grid and Transfer Number 1, Federal B Area grid and Transfer Number 4, Landhi, Malir, Saddar and Bohri Bazar. Besides this maintenance gimmick, the KESC has supplied only 1,452MWs to the City against the total demand of just 1,800MWs, while KTPS, SGTPS, APGL, and DCL were off-line. Moreover, the Bin Qasim power plant had only produced 350MWs against its capacity of 1,150MWs; resultantly the citizens have to face 5 to 6 hour power cuts even in the winter season when the demand of electricity has significantly been decreased. The shortage of power supply has been invigorated due to the off-line of the companys power plants and not taking supply from IPPs, and furthermore the the power plants are running in their half capacity. Sources told the NATION that a rental power plant at Sea View has started producing 100MWs since Tuesday, so in this case the power cut by the KESC for long hours is a sheer injustice to the subscriber who pays huge sum in terms of electricity bills. The sad part of the story is that the KESC never claimed to have shortfall of more than 200MWs, and they always say that the IPPs are providing power to them as usual. It is pertinent to mention here that it has been more than one month that the KESC is running its plants in their half capacity, or they usually keen to run those plants on gas in order to save furnace oil, despite the fact that all the units of Bin Qasim Power Plant are designed to run both on gas and furnace oil. During the meeting with Federal Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, he said that the KESC had been putting all emphasis upon adding more coal-fired power plants to its network in order to fill the gap between demand and supply of electricity. He further said that the long-term plan was spread over a period of four years, while the medium and short-term plans would complete in much less time.